Books in Review

Another year comes to a close and another list of books read is done. Given my at-home status since August, I ended with 67 books completed, the smallest number in some time. I try and make time each day for a book but find that life and other chores keep eating away at discretionary reading. Of course, writers are supposed to read a variety of material so it’s not entirely discretionary but still…

I continue to plow through daily newspapers, two newsweekly magazines, assorted monthly magazines and tons of comic books. As the year progressed, the number of magazines dwindled a bit as titles such as Premiere folded and the comics have fluctuated in number.

I read some favorite authors as usual and some new ones and in reviewing the list, it’s certainly an eclectic mix. Among first time authors sampled, Chelsea Cain’s Heart Sick was a pleasant surprise. Thanks to St. Nick and pals here and there, my To Be Read shelf is as full as ever so I’m ready to forge ahead into the New Year.


I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This! Bob Newhart
Omar, Pedro and Carlos Adam Rubin
The Guns of Heaven Pete Hamill
1776 David McCullough
His Majesty’s Dragon Naomi Novik
The Water Room Christopher Fowler
Storm Front Jim Butcher
Star Trek: Crucible – McCoy David R. George III
Funnymen Ted Heller
Webslinger Gerry Conway & Leah Wilson, editors
Star Trek: The Empty Chair Diane Duane
Star Trek: Crucible – Spock David R. George III
Meeting Across the River Jessica Kaye & Richard J. Brewer, editors
The Krypton Companion Michael Eury, editor
The Defining Moment Jonathan Alter
Grave Peril Jim Butcher
High Profile Robert B. Parker
The Avenger: Justice Inc. Lester Dent
The Avenger: The Yellow Hoard Lester Dent
The Jade Throne Naomi Novik
Kiss for a Killer G.G. Fickling
Letter to a Christian Nation Sam Harris
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Ultimates Michael Jan Friedman
Starwater Strains Gene Wolfe
The Lexus and the Olive Tree Thomas L. Friedman
A Killing in Comics Max Allan Collins
Star Trek: Crucible – Kirk David R. George III
North River Pete Hamill
Star Trek: Errand of Fury Book 2 Kevin Ryan
On Writing Stephen King
Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul III – Epiphany Susan Shwartz & Josepha Sherman
Killing Johnny Fry Walter Mosley
The March E.L. Doctorow
Lethally Blond Kate White
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Star Trek Corps of Engineers: Grand Designs Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
Conversations with the Devil Jeff Rovin
Darkness of the Light Peter David
Black Powder War Naomi Novik
Songs of Innocence Richard Aleas
Full Moon Jim Butcher
Spare Change Robert B. Parker
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling
Star Trek: Reap the Whirlwind David Mack
Bad-Ass Faeries Danielle Ackley-McPhail, editor
Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Buried Age Christopher L. Bennett
Vanishing Acts Jodi Picoult
The Awful Truths Brian Thomsen
High School Confidential Jeremy Iversen
American Gangster Max Allan Collins
101 Reasons to Love the Dodgers Ron Green Jr.
Star Trek: TNG – Resistance J.M. Dillard
The Dominant Blonde Alisa Kwitney
Writing the Breakout Novel Donald Maass
Bring it On Laura Anne Gilman
Star Trek: Enterprise – The Good That Men Do Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin
Coffee at Luke’s Jennifer Crusie, editor
Sin in the Second City Karen Abbott
Heart Sick Chelsea Cain
The Blue Beetle Companion Christopher Irving
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Cory Doctorow
Star Trek Corps of Engineers: Creative Couplings Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
Star Trek: Mirror Universe-Obsidian Alliances Marco Palmieri & Margaret Clark, editors
Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer
Now and Then Robert B. Parker
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi